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Tennis Tips - Rules

Posted Aug 24 2008 1:33pm 1 Comment
Court Types. The most common surfaces for tennis can are clay (French open), grass (Wimbledon) and hard (U.S Open and Australian Open).
Faults. The player serving gets two chances to get their service inside the ‘service box'. If both serves miss or go into the net, it is called a double-fault.
Let. When serving, if the ball hits the net but still goes into the service box, it is called a let, and the player gets to repeat this serve.
Matches. In typical matches, the first to win two sets wins. In men's championship matches, the first to win three sets wins.
No batteries allowed. No device that requires batteries may be used with your tennis racket.
On the line. A ball that lands on the line is considered in.
Sets. The first to win 6 games, by 2, wins the set.
Tennis Love. Zero points is referred to as ‘Love' in tennis; it is derived from the French "l"oeuf", the egg, symbolising nothing.
Tennis Scoring. A Tennis game consists of four points – love, 15, 30, 40 and game. If both players have 40, it is called ‘deuce' and you must win by two points.
The court. A tennis court is 78 feet long and 27 feet wide (for singles), or 36 feet wide (for doubles).
Tie breakers. If the score in a set is 6-6, a tie breaker is played in which each point counts as 1. The first player to win 7 points, by 2, wins the set.
Which side? All even points (sum of the points is an even number) are served from the right side of the court. All odd points are served from the left.
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Thanks for such an informative post! I know when I started watching/playing the game, I was quite unsure of how it all worked.
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